Det borde vara tvång på att läsa Akumetsu i svenska skolans grundläggande engelska kurs.
Vanliga etiketter» Visa alla etiketter
- + 2022 (1)
- + 2021 (3)
- + 2020 (2)
- + 2019 (1)
- - 2013 (35)
- + 2012 (139)
- + 2011 (663)
Mr Carl Bildt
of Government Policy
in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Afairs,
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 1
CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY
Not to be published before 09.00 on 15 February
The last few decades have in many respects been a period of extraordinary progress.
There have been fewer wars, there are more democracies, diseases have been forced
into retreat and many hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty.
A world in which we have gained new opportunities through globalisation has become a
much better world for more and more people.
Not least in Europe – at the present time – we have cause to recall the great progress
made, and the model for peaceful cooperation between free countries that Europe has
thus become for the world.
At the same time, it is clear that we are facing major challenges – in the wider world and
In the wake of the economic difficulties, we are seeing forces that are turning away from
openness and cooperation – and that seem to believe that we can meet the future by
We must never take this path. Sweden must continue to be a strong force for open
societies, for an open Europe and for an open world.
We want to build new bridges and we want to open new doors.
This also means that we want to be a committed and constructive force in European
cooperation. Sweden aspires to be at the core of the European Union.
This is how we can best look after our national interests as well, and this is how we can
best promote the universal values by which we stand.
It is clearly in our interest that the euro area is strong and stable, and that the countries
affected by serious economic problems are also able to solve these with the help of
others. Ultimately, this is about keeping Europe together and avoiding serious social
The fact that we too will be part of the new fiscal pact is an expression of our
We want to see more forceful measures for growth and competitiveness in Europe as a
whole, as a complement to more immediate crisis management. It is important, after
all, not just to discuss current challenges, but also to address the conditions for security
and welfare in the future.
Sweden thus organised a British–Baltic–Nordic cooperation forum – the Northern
Future Forum – to discuss key growth issues. These include women’s entrepreneurship
and demographic changes.
To secure growth in Europe, we also want to broaden and deepen the common internal
market, invest more in research and development, and safeguard our openness towards
the rest of the world. One example of this is Sweden’s commitment to the European
Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund.
A stronger European economy is primarily important for Europe itself, but it also
strengthens our credibility as a global actor.
We are convinced that a stronger European voice is needed in work at global level. This
applies to issues from climate change and peace efforts to the protection of personal
Sweden is driving for a common European foreign and security policy that safeguards
respect for human rights, democracy and the principles of the rule of law.
We want to work for a strong European External Action Service and a clear vision of the
European Union’s strategic role. This is why we want to see a new and modern
European security strategy, as well as a European peace institute and a modernised
European aid policy.
We want Europe to be a strong voice and a clear force for peace, freedom and
reconciliation in both our own region and the world as a whole.
This has become even more important with the developments we have seen in the Arab
countries over the past year, but it continues to apply just as much in our eastern
neighbourhood as well.
I am referring here to the darkness in Minsk as much as the dictatorship in Damascus.
The door to our cooperation must remain open for all European democracies that want
to and can fulfil the obligations that come with membership. The Union’s values, such as 3
freedom of expression and fundamental human rights, must be respected by all
We welcome the fact that Croatia will now become the 28th member of our Union. This
also sends a strong signal to the other countries in the region.
Serbia deserves the status of candidate country, and it should be possible to begin
accession negotiations with Montenegro in the relatively near future. We hope that
Bosnia’s new government can take the measures required for applying for membership
of the European Union, and following the judgment of the International Court of Justice
it should be possible to begin negotiations with Macedonia. Albania and Kosovo need
our support in their work to embark upon the same path.
Sweden supports Turkey’s efforts to live up to all of the membership criteria – not least
respect for human rights – through continued reforms and a new constitution. It is clear
that considerable work remains to be done, just as it is clear that attempts to exclude
Turkey will slow down these reform efforts.
With Turkey as a member, the European Union will be stronger, both politically and
A solution to the Cyprus question is more urgent now than ever before, and would
contribute to stability in the eastern Mediterranean region.
It is a given that we strongly support Iceland’s accession negotiations. We eagerly await
the day when one more Nordic democracy can take its place at the European Council
Sweden’s security policy remains firmly in place.
Sweden’s security is built in solidarity with others. Threats to peace and security are
deterred collectively and in cooperation with other countries and organisations.
Membership of the European Union means that Sweden is part of a political alliance and
takes its share of responsibility, in the spirit of solidarity, for Europe’s security.
Sweden will not remain passive if another EU Member State or Nordic country suffers a
disaster or an attack. We expect these countries to act in the same way if Sweden is
similarly affected. We must be in a position to both give and receive support, civilian
Security and collaboration in our Nordic neighbourhood are particularly important. In
April last year, a Nordic statement of solidarity was adopted as a complement to both
our own and our neighbouring countries’ security policy choices.
Sweden continues its commitment within the European Union’s battlegroups. We are
working for these battlegroups to be placed at the disposal of the United Nations when
necessary, including in the event of major disasters.
The European Union’s ability to assist with crisis management, state-building and
humanitarian support in vulnerable countries contributes to a strong and unified
Europe. Sweden takes its responsibility for an active European role in such operations.
We demonstrated our ability to make an effective contribution to crisis management,
following a decision by the UN Security Council, by sending Swedish Gripen aircraft to
join the NATO operation in Libya last year, along with extensive humanitarian support.
Being in a position to quickly and flexibly contribute to operations when the need arises
is important for Sweden. We want to be a credible partner, regardless of whether
operations are led by the UN, the EU or NATO.
A new and effective instrument in people’s fight for freedom and democracy is access to
the free flow of information. This access can help to liberate people from oppression
and reflects the desire to exchange knowledge, ideas and opinions.
This is why Sweden is pushing for the right and opportunity of all people to
communicate openly and securely on the Internet.
Freedom on the Internet is the new front line in efforts for freedom in the world.
The universal values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law must guide the
global debate on norms for cyberspace.
Increased demands for regulation and control, and censorship and surveillance, risk
creating a new digital divide between those who have freedom of expression on the
Internet and those who do not. People’s freedom of expression on the Internet is the
best way to combat the misuse of the Internet by authoritarian regimes for anti-
Sweden has been proactive in putting the issue of freedom of expression on the Internet
on the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Sweden will also host an international conference in Stockholm in April this year on how
freedom and openness on the Internet can also promote global economic and social
Moreover, we will take the initiative for a European strategy for freedom on the
This year it is one hundred years since Raoul Wallenberg was born. At a time when more
people need to stand up against persecution and xenophobia, he is an exemplary figure
in the fight against anti-Semitism and a reminder of the importance of personal
responsibility and civil courage. Sweden is celebrating Raoul Wallenberg this year, both
at home and abroad. As long as abuse and persecution remain a reality in far too many
parts of the world, his actions continue to have relevance for each and every one of us.
No one can have failed to notice in the past year that freedom and democracy are vital
forces motivating individual people. It is an important responsibility for Sweden and the
European Union to uphold human rights, international law and the principles of the rule
Sweden is standing for the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2013–
2015. Membership of the Council would put Sweden in an even stronger position to
pursue vital rights issues at global level and to make a constructive contribution to
strengthening the role of the Council.
Sweden continues to support the International Criminal Court, other international
courts and measures to prosecute and combat genocide, crimes against humanity and
Sweden works actively to support journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders
around the world. Sweden is a candidate for UNESCO’s Executive Board for the period
2013–2017 and wants to prioritise the global issues of freedom of the press and
freedom of expression.
We want to work for a world with greater gender equality. Sweden will play a leading
role in ensuring respect for equal rights and protection of equal opportunities for all
Freedom of religion and conviction is at the heart of an open society. Increased violence
and discrimination against people belonging to religious minorities are cause for
concern and must be combated. The same applies to attacks on people belonging to
ethnic minorities and LGBT people.
Cooperation between Sweden and our Nordic and Baltic neighbours has deep roots.
Together, we have achieved peace and freedom throughout our region, and today we
can combine our forces to propel these values beyond our own borders.
Next year Sweden will assume the responsibility for coordinating both Nordic and
Nordic–Baltic cooperation. Sweden is preparing a broad programme of cooperation in
the Nordic Council of Ministers, focusing particularly on growth issues. We also continue
to develop our work on the Baltic Sea Strategy.
As Chair of the Arctic Council this year and next, Sweden will play an important role for
intergovernmental action in a region whose importance is clearly growing.
It is a matter of better conditions for the peoples of the region and of protecting nature
and the environment in a region that is more sensitive than most.
We are now working on implementing the Swedish strategy for the Arctic region that
the Government adopted in spring 2011.
We share our European identity with our neighbours to the east. The European Union’s
Eastern Partnership is based on the vision that eastern European partner countries will
one day be able to participate to the full in European cooperation. We all stand to gain
from increased mobility, trade and cross-border cooperation. But moving closer to the
EU also means that democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law must be
Progress is being made in Georgia and Moldova. In Belarus, in contrast, gross violations
of human rights continue. Sweden is a driving force for vigorous European measures
against the regime, and at the same time we are strengthening support to the country’s
democratic forces. In the past year, Ukraine has also acted in a way that calls into
question the country’s respect for the rule of law and Sweden will therefore be
reviewing the direction of its development assistance.
A year ago hope was kindled that several countries in North Africa and the Middle East
would also be transformed into open societies and open economies.
Since then, we have seen free elections in both Tunisia and Egypt, the dramatic
overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya and increasingly brutal and bloody repression
on the part of the regime in Damascus, whose days everyone knows are numbered. 7
What all the countries in the region need are open and representative political systems
that respect the right of all to freedom. Economic reforms to deliver jobs and welfare to
the rapidly growing populations are essential for a positive development. The rights of
women must be ensured and minorities must be protected against abuse.
It will be a crucial task for Europe in the years ahead to provide all the help we can to
We must work together internationally to stop oppression and violence.
The focus is now on developments in Syria.
Our position is clear: the violence must be stopped, President Assad must step aside,
and a process of democratic transition, representing all parts of Syrian society, must
This is the only way to avoid a civil war, which would be devastating for the entire
The EU fully supports the endeavours of the Arab League and its peace plan. We deeply
regret the fact that two vetoes prevented the UN Security Council from adopting the
At this time, the Arab League wants the support of the United Nations, and it must
receive that support.
Now we must increase pressure on the regime and support to those who are working
for a peaceful transition to a democratic Syria.
The sanctions will be tightened. Humanitarian support must be increased.
Sweden will take part in the formation of the Friends of Syria group in Tunis on 24
February. We are appointing an ambassador to develop dialogue with and support for
the democratic opposition in Syria.
We want to actively develop our cooperation with Egypt. We are seeking dialogue with
all the democratic forces in the country and look forward to the day when Egypt has a
civilian government and a democratically elected parliament.
We also want the European Union to begin negotiations on deeper free trade
agreements with Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan, as soon as the necessary
conditions are fulfilled.
We are deeply concerned about the lack of progress in efforts for peace between the
Israelis and the Palestinians. We see considerable danger for the future in current
developments. This applies not least to the continuing settlement policy.
We are providing political and concrete support to efforts to build a viable, contiguous
and democratic Palestinian state. We look forward to the day when Israel and Palestine
can live in peace with other, and when Israel can live in peace and security with the
entire Arab world.
This is why we want to have a strong European force for peace in the region. It is when
we continue to work together on the basis established in December 2009 that we have
the possibility to influence developments.
Sweden will continue to work for a strong and united European policy on this crucial
The United States is the European Union’s principal strategic partner. In times of
economic crisis and turbulence around the world, our mutual dependence and the
importance of transatlantic cooperation become clear. Our broad cooperation with the
United States contributes to security and prosperity, globally and in our own region. The
United States is also an important partner in promoting Internet freedom and security.
Sweden is working for deeper economic integration and free trade between the
European Union and the United States.
At a time when demands for political and economic modernisation are growing in
intensity, it is in the interests of Sweden and the European Union that Russia develops
into a true democracy that makes a constructive contribution to solving common global
Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will be an important step
towards integration into the global economy and a genuine economic partnership with
the European Union.
Sweden and the European Union have a growing relationship with China. China’s
increasingly prominent role in the international arena requires it to take greater
responsibility on global issues such as the environment and climate, security and
This responsibility also includes respect for human rights and democratic principles. This
respect has further deteriorated in recent times.
The growing role of India is central to long-term stability and security in the region. The
European Union’s strategic partnership with India builds on shared values of democracy
and the rule of law.
During the past year, major steps have been taken towards a free trade agreement and
the dialogue on global issues such as security policy, open trade routes, human rights,
the environment, energy and the economy is deepening.
Sweden and the European Union also look forward to continued cooperation with
strategic partners such as Brazil, Japan and South Africa.
Sweden’s involvement in Afghanistan is a long-term commitment based on broad
During 2012, Sweden’s military presence will be reduced as the Afghan people
themselves take over responsibility for security. The Swedish military mission in its
present form will be concluded no later than summer 2014. We are open to continued
contributions to training the Afghan security forces.
At the same time, Sweden will expand its development cooperation with Afghanistan,
with a view to strengthening civil society organisations, among other aims. The focus
will be on peaceful and democratic development, and on promoting gender equality and
the role of women in development. The transition to civilian leadership of all Swedish
operations will take place during the spring.
Respect for human rights and freedoms in Iran continues to deteriorate. The number of
executions has risen dramatically over the past year. This policy is barbaric. Sweden is
playing an active role in the European Union and the United Nations to draw attention
to and influence the situation.
There is a great need for democracy and respect for basic human rights in Cuba. Support
to the democratic forces must be reinforced and the pressure on the regime must be
In Burma prospects appear brighter. Important steps have been taken recently towards
what we hope will be real democratic change. However, much remains to be done,
including the unconditional release of remaining political prisoners, full respect for
human rights, and free and fair by-elections during the spring.
Sweden enjoys strong relations with many African countries. We want to contribute to a
European policy on Africa that emphasises openness, respect for human rights,
democratic governance and increased regional trade. While we welcome sustainable 10
progress in many cases, continued poverty, oppression and intractable conflicts remain
a reality in parts of Africa.
Developments in the Horn of Africa in 2011 were dominated by internal conflicts and
the massive humanitarian disaster in the wake of the drought. Great efforts are still
required to help the region.
In Somalia, which in addition has been severely affected by attempts to block aid
consignments from around the world, the political and humanitarian challenges are
enormous. Sweden is part of the core group working to strengthen the support of the
international community for peace and development in Somalia and is one of the
leading actors in this work.
The formation of a new state, South Sudan, creates new possibilities in the region, even
if great tensions still remain. The needs are substantial and Sweden will continue to
contribute to development in both countries.
Developments in the Great Lakes Region affect the entire region. The systematic abuses
against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo must stop.
To a great extent, the current threats to human security are global. This requires
cooperation and institutions in which all countries participate. It also requires norms
and international agreements that are respected by everyone.
A strong United Nations and effective multilateralism are, and will remain, cornerstones
of our policy.
Working for continued reforms of the United Nations is therefore an important
contribution to efforts to address cross-border challenges. The composition of the
Security Council does not reflect the world of today, and must be changed.
The G20 has begun to take on an increasingly influential position in world politics. Our
influence will be secured through the EU, the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD.
The global environmental and climate issues are among the most decisive challenges
facing our world. The fact that the participants at Durban backed a legally binding
agreement was the result of the European Union’s driving role. We now have a renewed
roadmap for a new climate agreement that includes all the countries of the world. But
the level of ambition must be raised if Sweden’s and the European Union’s climate
objectives are to be met.
Sweden is one of the initiators of global cooperation to reduce levels of black carbon,
methane and ozone in the atmosphere.
Sweden and the European Union will continue to push for the strengthening of the
institutional framework for sustainable development ahead of the summit in Rio de
Janeiro, Rio+20, later this year. At this conference, Sweden will work to ensure that the
three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental –
are handled in an integrated way.
An important step on the road to Rio+20 is the Stockholm+40 conference, 40 years after
the first United Nations conference for the environment and sustainable development
was held in Stockholm in 1972.
The proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is still one
of the most serious threats of our time.
Membership of the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) increases
Sweden’s opportunities to play a constructive role to prevent the unauthorised
proliferation of nuclear weapons.
We support the efforts for a zone free of weapons of mass destruction throughout the
entire Middle East. An international conference hosted by Finland is planned for this
The IAEA, with Sweden on the Board, has expressed concern about possible military
dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme. The European Union and others have imposed
sanctions as part of the policy geared towards dialogue and agreement on this issue.
It is crucial that the Non-Proliferation Treaty is fully respected. Iran must accept a
broader presence of IAEA inspections as a way to instil confidence in its declared
Sweden, together with Mexico, is chair of the Article XIV Process, which aims to see the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) enter into force.
We also support the efforts for continued reductions in global nuclear weapons
arsenals, including tactical nuclear weapons in our part of the world.
Sweden supports the important work to secure and destroy various forms of nuclear
material, and will participate in the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.
Mr/Madam Speaker, 12
The world’s economies are becoming increasingly interlinked. Trade and investment
generate growth and employment.
The multilateral trading system has proven to be robust in times of economic
turbulence. Cooperation within the WTO has been largely responsible for making it
possible to counteract protectionism. A conclusion of the Doha Round would provide a
well-needed boost to the world economy.
In 2012, the conditions for the powerful promotion of Sweden are being strengthened
in important growth regions, through, for example, the newly established consulate in
Mumbai, India. Our embassies in Angola, Argentina, Malaysia and Vietnam can continue
their important promotional work.
Openness and an effective regulatory framework for free trade lay the foundations for
dialogue and democratic development. Swedish companies have an important role to
play through their ability to combine business with broader social responsibility.
In the EU, there is a special focus on eCommerce, and on strengthening compliance with
the common regulatory framework.
The long-term objective of eradicating poverty and oppression is far from being
achieved. We have a moral responsibility to support people who are vulnerable and
living in poverty. After 50 years of Swedish state development assistance, we can note
that the conditions for development policy have radically changed. Considerable steps
have been taken to adapt development cooperation to today’s world, but much remains
to be done. The reform of Swedish development assistance will therefore continue. The
development assistance framework in 2012 is estimated to amount to one per cent of
Growth is a prerequisite for a lasting reduction of poverty. Which is why Sweden’s
development cooperation is to be growth-oriented and focused on the poorest
countries and people.
But growth alone is not enough. The clear emphasis of Swedish development
cooperation on democracy and human rights and freedoms is central to modern
Civil society actors have a key role in achieving poverty reduction and democratic
Last autumn, a new global partnership for development was created at the high-level
meeting on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. The participation of new actors
created new opportunities for lasting development and growth. Together with these
actors, and with our European partners, Sweden will continue to work for sustainable
development as well as transparent and generous development assistance
characterised by a clear focus on results.
The point of development cooperation is not to compensate for shortcomings in other
policy areas. Which is why the Government, both nationally and within the EU, is
endeavouring to strengthen the work on policy coherence for development.
The Government attaches great importance to gender equality and the role of women
in development cooperation. Women are a driving force for increased democratic rights
and freedoms, which we witnessed during the upheavals in the Arab world. Sweden
gives special priority to the implementation of United Nations Resolution 1325 on
women, peace and security, as well as Resolution 1820 on sexual violence in conflict
The UN Millennium Development Goals will be evaluated in 2015. It is expected that it
will be possible to achieve several of the goals, but major challenges remain. The
Government is therefore making a concerted effort to strengthen Sweden’s
contribution, not least in Africa. A reduction in infant mortality and improved maternal
health are in focus. Work to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights
We are travelling more than ever before. Every day, more than a quarter of a million
Swedes are outside Sweden’s borders. This is a challenge for our Foreign Service, which
has an important task of providing assistance to increasing numbers of people in
distress or being held in detention. From painful experience, we know that we must also
have the capacity to deal with major disasters abroad.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has built up an organisation that can respond to these
challenges by rapidly deploying resources to the area in question. Collaboration across
borders is also required in consular work.
Efforts to bring about the release of Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak are
continuing. The two Swedish journalists who have been imprisoned and sentenced in
Ethiopia should be released.
The internal challenges facing the European Union will not be easy to handle. But they
also offer the opportunity for us to reflect on the core of our cooperation, our
foundations, our basic values. In a world of shifting balances of power and interests, our
values – human rights, peace, freedom and democracy – are needed more than ever.
These values shape our Swedish foreign policy. And Sweden will, with European
partners, continue to promote them in our own region and globally.
I began by referring to the essentially positive developments we have experienced
during recent decades.
Our task is to help see to it that these developments can continue.
And that more and more people around the world can have a better life.
The National Defense Authorization Act will allow the President to use the military to detain Americans on American soil without a trial. I am completely in support of detaining terrorists that we have caught on the battlefield, but detaining Americans on American soil with no trial is just outrageous!
That is not the only outrageous part of the NDAA. The NDAA also now legalizes bestiality!
Members of the military are pawns of political experiments. Instead of focusing on being a well oiled fighting machine without political distractions, the military has to wade through political experiments hurled their way. Soldiers are told to be completely uniform with no distractions. When politicians want to push an agenda they make soldiers on the battlefield the test subjects. The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is an example. It was commonly understood that the repeal was a way to open the door to pushing other social experiments on soldiers when politicians know they cannot push these things on the general population. You see, soldiers are looked down upon if they complain. Soldiers are taught to follow orders. So where regular Americans would not allow something to happen, soldiers just have to accept it.
The United States Senate (including most Republicans and both Texas Republican Senators) has just passed a bill (the National Defense Authorization Act) which strips away the military ban on Sodomy and Bestiality, according to CNS News.
Wow, sex with animals now in the Military.
It is imperative for America to stand up for the Christian, Moral foundation of America. As we get away from the principles that America was founded on, the foundation of America begins to erode and America will see more problems. I was very happy to see Presidential hopeful Rick Perry attend a prayer rally, the Response, in Houston earlier this year. Historical Documents show that the Founding Fathers of America would have approved and likely attended this Prayer Rally. I sure hope the next President can stop using the military as pawns in their political agenda.
Global warming alarmists invent new hoax after failing with everything else
Having failed with drowning polar bears, global superstorms, rising sea levels and a myriad of other manufactured hoaxes, global warming alarmists have invented a new threat to try and persuade us to pay carbon taxes directly to Al Gore and the global elite – vengeful environmentalist extraterrestrials from outer space.
“It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim,” according to a Guardian report.
A new study conducted by researchers at Nasa’s Planetary Science Division posits that “green” ETs might get angry at Bubba driving his gas-guzzling SUV and respond by wiping humankind off the face of the earth to “protect other civilizations”.
“Green” aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. “These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets,” the authors write.
Is it really any wonder why polls show belief in global warming is collapsing? A recent Rasmussen survey found that 69 per cent of Americans believed scientists had likely falsified climate change data to push their agenda.
They’ve fed us with drowning polar bears, overpopulation paranoia, global superstorms and all manner of manufactured lies in an effort to terrify people into accepting the hoax and blithely handing over their carbon taxes to Al Gore and the Rothschilds, but none of it has worked. Gore’s Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) has all but collapsed. The fact that they have now resorted to playing the “alien invasion” card illustrates how desperate and discredited the climate change cult has become.
There are many people who lament the decline and fall of NASA since its Apollo heydays, but if this is what taxpayer funds are being spent on, the organization’s demise cannot come soon enough.
Let’s not forget this is the same government agency that uses taxpayer dollars to fund the work of global warming activist Dr. James Hansen, the man who endorsed an eco-fascist book that called for cities to be razed to the ground, industrial civilization to be destroyed and genocidal population reduction measures to be implemented in the name of preventing climate change.
Perhaps the aliens should hire Hansen as their PR spokesman.
Hansen has received well over $1 million taxpayer dollars from NASA in the last four years to pursue his activist agenda. He is a key figure in the global warming movement, for it was his 1988 with testimony to a US Senate committee chaired by Al Gore that really got the ball rolling for the elite in their mission to hijack the environmental movement and promote apocalyptic fears of climate change as a means of pushing carbon taxes and a highly regulated society.
Aside from all this, why do we need aliens to destroy humanity and “save the planet”? White House science czar John P. Holdren seems to have it all in hand. Holdren’s 1977 book Ecoscience called for a “planetary regime” to carry out forced abortions and mandatory sterilization procedures, as well as drugging the water supply, in an effort to cull the human surplus.
Holdren is now in charge of “geoengineering” the planet to protect against supposed man-made climate change. For me, this represents a far greater and more imminent threat to humanity than any fantasy about alien invasions from outer space.
Nya supervapen/teknik från 70-80 talet kommer att visas upp för befolkningen. Det vill säga folk kommer få reda på hur uråldrig dagens teknik är.
Nej nej det är inte bara apple/iPhone. Det är ALLA mobiler!
April 20, 2011
Two security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of a user’s location and saves that information to a file that is stored both on the device and on a user’s computer when they sync or back it up in iTunes.
The researchers, Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, discovered the hidden file while collaborating on a potential data visualization project. “At first we weren’t sure how much data was there, but after we dug further and visualised the extracted data, it became clear that there was a scary amount of detail on our movements,” Warden told The Guardian.
You can watch Allan and Warden’s discussion about the data and how it can be surfaced in this video:
Government will tell you when to stay indoors
April 21, 2011
The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up it’s terror alert warning system in a move that will see terror alerts, whether real or phony, issued via the mainstream media and directly to your phone or computer over social networking sites, and even via Emergency Alert broadcasts.
The government’s much ridiculed colour coded chart is being scrapped, primarily because it is always set at “elevated” and is roundly ignored by almost everyone in America. The DHS assures us that the new system will be virtually impossible to avoid.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has been dubbed ‘Big Sis’ in reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, told reporters this week that The primary-color alerts have “faded in utility, except for late-night comics.”
“Homeland Security officials will disseminate the new alerts through the press and social media sites.” reports the LA Times.
“The bulletins will ask local police and the public to be on the lookout for vehicles or behavior that may be part of a terrorist plot that the government is tracking. Alerts could be directed at airports or subways, or may urge people in a specific city to take shelter in their homes for a short time.” the report continues.
That’s correct, the government intends to routinely beam into your home and offices and tell you when it thinks you need to be scared and act compliant.
We have previously documented how such terror alerts have been routinely hyped purely for political purposes.
Never forget that the media and the government have been totally discredited over and over again by their complicity in issuing phony terror alerts designed to manipulate elections and frighten the public into slavish acquiescence.
Just as former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge admitted that DHS would issue fake terror alerts shortly before elections in a bid to influence the outcome during the Bush era, the Obama administration is mimicking the same tactic.
Ridge said he “was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.”
Fast forward six years and you find exactly the same tactics being employed. Warnings of a supposed al-Qaeda attack on targets in Europe were exaggerated for political purposes, Pakistani diplomat Shamsul Hasan said in October last year. “I will not deny the fact that there may be internal political dynamics, including the forthcoming midterm American elections. If the Americans have definite information about terrorists and al-Qaida people, we should be provided [with] that and we could go after them ourselves,” Hasan said.
No terror event occurred. “It was nothing specific, nothing very new,” said Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask after the official warning. “We agree that there is no indication of concrete targets, concrete dates and concrete terror groups,” added German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.
These and countless other over hyped and completely manufactured threats have led directly to programs such as the “See Something, Say Something” campaign – a literal citizen spy operation overseen by the DHS, that is creating more paranoia and hysteria, if anything serving to make any real terror threat more likely to go undiscovered.
In addition to the invasion of traditional and new social media, The Federal Communications Commission announced recently that it has approved a presidential alert system.
Commissioners voted in February to require television and radio stations, cable systems and satellite TV providers to participate in a test that would have them receive and transmit a live code that includes an alert message issued by the president. No date has been set for the test, according to the Washington Post, which described it as being like something out of Orwell’s 1984.
Soon enough the creepy and invasive broadcasts that are already being played on giant telescreens in Walmarts across the nation will be in your front room.
The DHS is slowly creeping into the lives of every American to the point where it can no longer be sidestepped. Fattened federal agencies are using the over hyped threat of terrorism as an excuse to normalize the notion that the people are servants of the government, rather than the government acting as servant to the people.
Act now, lobby your multimedia providers to resist government efforts to make it mandatory for them to hand over unfettered access to their communications networks.
Denna artikeln är helt galen. Fatta att kunna skjuta 2 elever plus sig själv i "ena" foten. Låter som att skottet träffade foten som var längst ifrån där vapnet landade och sedan skadat 2 andra elever. Då är min fråga bara: Hur fan skjuter man sig själv i foten och lyckas samtidigt skada 2 andra?
Men det är iafl bra att "vk" inte kommer ut med en massa skit om att vapen ska vara olagliga. Vad som borde vara olagligt är att föra en sådan idiotisk diskution.
Vi kan ta LA som ett bra exempel. Dem har vapenförbud. Ändå så sker det mer skottlossningr i LA dagligen än i Texas. Jag undrar varför...
Men ändå man måste veta hur man hanterar ett vapen innan man ska ha ett.
PS: En/Ett kniv, bil, sked, flaska, glas, gafflar, baseboll trän mm kan användas som vapen.
Hur fan kan han tänka på att bli omvald till president när han inte äns lyckats bevisa att han faktiskt är president!?
Han har inte visat sitt födelsecertifikat(ett av kraven för att bli president).
Så från och med den 12/12/11 är jag diktator över Sverige. Hur kan jag bli det frågar ni nog er. duh, its rather clear isnt it?
Jag ska ge er ett citat från Hitler så fattar ni nog hur jag kommer att lyckas.
Ljug stort, ljug lätt, repetera och folk tror dig.
Men jag tror det är för djupt för folk att förstå så därför kan jag berätta min plan. Gambling, playing an open hand here.
Jag är från och med 12/12/2011 diktator över Sverige.
The siege of the Federal Reserve
When: March 28 and Onwards
Where: 12 District Federal Banks,
Federal Reserve Board, BOA
We are under siege by the banks. The Federal Reserve has abused its power.
Democracy and liberty erode in the faceof their assault. Reach out to friends, spead the word, and join us in a multi-day protest beginning on March 28 (6AM to 9PM) at these banks. Allow no on into the locations. Peaceful disobedience. For more information, google siege federal reserve.
ATLANTA: District 6: 1000 Peachtree Street NE 30309
BOSTON: District 1: 600 Atlantic Avenue 02210
CHARLOTTE: BOA: Headquarters: 100 N Tryon Street 28202
CHICAGO: District 7: 230 South LaSalle Street 60604
CLEVELAND: District 11: 2200 N Pearl Street 75201
KANSAS CIRY: District 10: 1Memorial Drive 64198
MINNEAPOLIS: District 9: 90 Hennepin Avenue 55401
NEW YORK: District 2: 33 Liverty Street 10045
PHILADELPHIA: District 3: 10 N Independence Mall 19106
RICHMOND: District 5: 601 E Byrd Street 23219
SAINT LOUIS: District 8: 411 Locust Street 63102
SAN FRANCISCO: District 12: 101 Market Street 94105
WDC: Federal Reserve Board: 20th ST & Constitution Ave 20551
jag har alltid velat göra ett riktigt idiotiskt inlägg som dessa.För då lixom smälter jag in med alla andra bloggare som inte skriver om något relevant.
Men kommentera gärna ^^
Det bästa jag läst på aftonbladet någon sin!
Men vad ni ska tänka på när ni läser artikeln är: Godzila är naturen.
Den refererar till att atombomber väcker godzila, vilket är rätt sant. Det fanns ett gammalt tsunami program av USA och FN som gick ut på att detonera atombomber på botten av havet och skapa en tsunami. Vilket man skulle göra först med atombomben "litle boy" men man bestämde sig istället för att släppa den i hiroshima.
Hoppas bara jag fick all min fakta rätt.. inte lätt att komma ihåg saker man läst för ~1 år sedan.
I tisdags nådde strålning från Fukushima reaktor 1 Island och når troligtvis idag Europa och norden.
Men det finns ju andra viktigare saker att bry sig om, Tex: Ingen manga denna veckan!
There is no One Piece, Bleach or Naruto this week due to the disaster in Japan -.-
That is so sad. Fukushima pails in importance if compared to my manga reading.
Detta är ingen nyhet för mig men för er som inte hänger med i nyheterna är det nog de...
Frågan är: Varför släpper man bilderna nu?
Svaret lyder: Det är ett bra sätt att försöka ta sig ur ett krig som inte kan vinnas.
Första gången jag såg denna filmen var för 5 minuter sedan. Den var riktigt bra så jag lägger upp den här på bloggen.
Om ni vill ladda hem filmen med tex svenska subtitels så kan ni hitta filmen på: www.google.se
Har dock delat fimens åsikt i ~3 år. Men det har med andra filmer att göra som jag tänkner lägga upp innom kort. Jag ska göra en repost på den imorgon och UTAN REKLAM.
Shit, denna låten och film videon är GENIALISK! Om man kombinerar Ljud, Bild och Logiskt tänkande så blir budskapet solklart.
There is a clue in this post about the message of the song, its hidden in plain wiev: Kategorier. U aint getting more clues then that.
Som vi sett i tidigare artiklar från TT så är Japansk media styrd av FN.
Jag talar antagligen inte om all Japansk media men informationen man får from tepco.
Men kan man styra informationen från Tepco så kan man "styra" informationen i annan media.
Då stället jag bara kuggfrågan: Vem styr FN?
Two hints: money, follow the money.
Jedi mind trick: These are not the droids you are looking for -FN
Läs aftonbladets artikel <--- Där
TSA to retest airport body scanners for radiation
Allison Young and Blake Morrison
March 12, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe. Indeed, even the highest readings listed on some of the records — the numbers that the TSA says were mistakes — appear to be many times less than what the agency says a person absorbs through one day of natural background radiation.
Even so, the TSA has ordered the new tests out of “an abundance of caution to reassure the public,” spokesman Nicholas Kimball says. The tests will be finished by the end of the month, and the results will be released “as they are completed,” the agency said on its website.
The TSA “has repeatedly assured me that the machines that emit radiation do not pose a health risk,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a written statement Friday. “Nonetheless, if TSA contractors reporting on the radiation levels have done such a poor job, how can airline passengers and crew have confidence in the data used by the TSA to reassure the public?”
The horrifying consequences of the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began are only just beginning to be discovered, with the tsunami that followed causing massive devastation and engulfing cities and airports, leading to the declaration of a nuclear emergency at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after efforts to cool malfunctioning reactor cores failed.
The 8.9 magnitude quake that struck Japan’s north eastern coast this morning sent 30 foot high waves sweeping through impacted areas and the death toll is climbing by the hour.
But an even greater tragedy could be imminent after Japanese authorities declared a nuclear emergency following technicians’ failure to pump water to cool a nuclear reactor plant located in the town of Okuma.
“The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reported an abnormality Friday following a powerful earthquake which hit a wide area in northeastern Japan including Fukushima Prefecture, the industry ministry said,” reports Kyodo Wire.
“The system to cool reactor cores in case of emergency stopped at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., it said.”
NHK Broadcasting reports that all six reactors shut down immediately following the earthquake, but that electrical problems prevented cooler pumps in reactor #1 from functioning. Emergency cooling systems were successfully activated for reactor #2, but presumably failed for reactor #1.
Under Japanese law, authorities are mandated to issue a nuclear emergency if the cooling mechanisms fail, and they did exactly that for the first time in Japan’s history after it became clear that attempts to cool the reactor were “not going as planned”.
Fukushima No. 1 is one of the largest nuclear plants in the world and has eight separate units located on the site. Thankfully, so far there’s no evidence of any radioactive leakage.
“Regarding our nuclear power facilities, so far no radioactive material has been leaked to the outside. Given the situation, an emergency disaster response has been set up as myself as a head. We will secure the safety of the people of Japan. We ask the people of Japan to act calmly,” said Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co says it faces a shortage of electrical capacity to cool its reactors, but as Time Magazine points out, “The reactors at Fukushima should will have multiple, redundant safety features installed to help cool reactor cores and prevent meltdown so its unclear what the company means by a “shortage of capacity.”
In a related story, “A fire broke out in the turbine building of Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture on Friday,” reports AFP.
The effects of the tsunami are now expected to impact American shores, with many areas of Hawaii being evacuated as people panic buy food in preparation for the impact of tidal waves expected to hit early this morning. The aftermath of the tsunami could completely submerge low lying islands including Guam, experts fear.
Paul Joseph Watson
March 10, 2011
This special video interview for Prison Planet.tv subscribers features a discussion with Robert M. Bowman, a former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 101 combat missions. He holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Bowman is a prominent critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka “Star Wars,” and has also been a vocal advocate for the 9/11 truth movement. Since the early 1980′s, Bowman has headed up an organization called The Patriots (http://www.thepatriots.us), which mainly consists of former top ranking military officers. The goal of the group is to make public servants follow the Constitution, honor the truth and serve the American people.
Bowman has been targeted with death threats, government harassment and three tax audits in two years as a consequence of his bold truth-telling activism, which all started when he blew the whistle on the fact that Reagan’s Star Wars program was an offensive act of military conquest in space and a means of waging aggressive pre-emptive warfare, disguised as a defensive program. Bowman notes that his dissent was in fact encouraged by Reagan’s own Joint Chiefs of Staff, who privately thought that the whole idea was “military lunacy”. The initial intention was to use the space shuttle as a platform from which to test the star wars technology against targets on earth, states Bowman, a prospect that alarmed the JCS who feared that this would confirm Soviet suspicions that the space shuttle was nothing more than a weapons platform disguised as a component of a peaceful space exploration program.
Bowman compares the notion that John F. Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin by a shot fired from behind when the footage clearly shows the fatal shot came from the front to the equally ludicrous explanations offered for the collapse of WTC Building 7 on 9/11, and points to how the likes of BBC and CNN reported that the building had collapsed over an hour before it actually fell. The difference between 1963 and now, points out Bowman, is the fact that after Kennedy was shot almost everyone had heard about the grassy knoll, whereas the vast majority of Americans have no idea about Building 7 because the mainstream media has completely failed to investigate the matter.
One of the ongoing issues that concerns Bowman is the preparation for a military attack on Iran, and through his organization he encourages the Pentagon and soldiers of all ranks to refuse to obey unconstitutional orders, a duty codified under the Nuremberg code. Bowman states that if Israel is given the green light to attack Iran, which seems to be the current attitude under the Obama administration, that all US aid to Israel should cease immediately.
Speaking on the subject of how Obama has abandoned almost every ideal he talked about before he became President, Bowman points to the fact that Obama’s top foreign policy advisor is Zbigniew Brzezinski, the author of the grand chessboard and a guru of geopolitical manipulation, and how Obama has merely accelerated the move towards global government under his watch. Bowman notes that the American people are being divided by hot button issues which in reality have little significance, while there is absolute consensus amongst the global elite when it comes to major issues no matter who is in the Oval Office.
Watch the trailer below.
Subjects covered in the interview include;
- Secrets and lies behind Star Wars
- 9/11 and Building 7
- The assassination of JFK
- The plan for a military attack on Iran
- The expansion of “missile defense” to encircle Russia
- The Obama deception
- The left/right scam and how it is used to divide and conquer
- NAFTA and the race to the bottom
Paul Joseph Watson
March 10, 2011
Image: Wikimedia Commons
o soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries;
And I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries.
Globalist stooge Mohamed ElBaradei is being groomed by the elite to successfully hijack the revolution in Egypt and fend off presidential rival Amr Moussa, who himself is a favored candidate for the US military-industrial complex, meaning that the globalists will own both horses in a two horse race – welcome to “democracy,” new world order style.
“When the door of presidential nominations opens, I intend to nominate myself,” ElBaradei said on a live talk show on ONTV channel,” reports Haaretz.com.
As we have painstakingly documented, ElBaradei is a pied piper working for the very same globalists and NGO’s that autocrat leader Hosni Mubarak dutifully served for nearly 30 years before his ouster.
ElBaradei serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, a shadowy NGO (non-governmental organization) that enjoys an annual budget of over $15 million and is bankrolled by the likes of Carnegie, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Soros himself serves as a member of the organization’s Executive Committee.
In other words, this is a major geopolitical steering group for the global elite.
Another powerful globalist who sits on the board of International Crisis Group, Zbigniew Brzezinski, warned last year that the international hierarchy, of which he is a key component, was under threat from a “global awakening” that would be led by young radicals in third world countries. Having accurately predicted the wave of revolt now spreading like wildfire across the globe, Brzezinski and his fellow globalists are preparing to pick up the pieces in order to continue business as usual, while the people who risked their lives for real change will be the victims of a monumental deception. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
ElBaradei’s rival, Amr Mohammed Moussa, who is currently ahead of ElBaradei in the polls, is seen as a more independent candidate, having forcefully scorned Israel in the past for its treatment of Palestinians as well as their actions in the Gaza flotilla raid.
However, many see Moussa as little more than a continuation of the Mubarak regime, with Moussa serving as Mubarak’s foreign minister for a decade before becoming chief of the Arab League in 2001. Moussa was heckled on Tuesday night by audience members at his first campaign speech, as participants accused him of being subservient to Mubarak having supported the ousted dictator’s bid for a sixth term in office.
Indeed, according to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, Moussa was the US military-industrial complex’s chosen one to replace Mubarak from the very beginning, so in Moussa and ElBaradei, the globalists own both horses in a two horse race.
During a February 8 interview with Al Jazeera, Hersh said that Moussa was considered America’s favored “Plan B” should Mubarak resign, “whether he knows it or not.”
As Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya writes, there is now a “counter-revolution” unfolding in Egypt, and Moussa is one of its agitators.
“Unqualified figures are emerging, which claim to be speaking or leading the Arab people. This includes the so-called committee of “Wise Men” in Egypt. These unelected figures are supposedly negotiating with the Mubarak regime on behalf of the Egyptian population, but they have no legitimacy as representatives of the people. The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, is amongst them. Secretary-General Moussa has also said that he is interested in becoming a future cabinet minister in Cairo. All of these figures are either regime insiders or agents of the status quo,” writes Nazemroaya.
The power vacuum in Egypt has caused violence to flare up again in recent days as the army previously loyal to Mubarak resorts to violence in a bid to clear protesters, the kind of brutality that the mass media was obsessively reporting when Mubarak was still in power but now couldn’t seem to care less about.
It seems as though Egyptians are about to get a taste of how “democracy” works in the western world, with the population being offered a choice of two equally compromised candidates and being forced to choose the lesser of two evils, instead of having the ability to elect a real leader who will legitimately represent the people and offer a genuine alternative to the corrupt regime that was removed last month.
Our warning in January that the stage was being set for “Sham Afghanistan-style rigged elections….where the Egyptian people are given the false decision of choosing between two globalist-controlled puppets,” is now coming to fruition.
While the revolution in Egypt was driven by people with genuine grievances who rightfully removed a despot, the aftermath is beginning to resemble the all too familiar playbook of the likes of Brzezinski and Soros, and we are once again witnessing the globalists’ trick of hijacking circumstances to seize power and ensure governments in the region are subservient to their vision of a new world order, to the detriment of their own populations.
IPCC visar sina rätta färger i denna youtube filmen <3
Läs aftonbladets konspirations teorier för att fatta kunna ta den av detta inlägget.
Jag tycker att det är humor att dem snackar med en rymdforskare när dem borde ha snackat med en som forskar kring klimatet. Men denna rymdforskaren är faktiskt inte ut och cyklar. Han har nämligen rätt. Super månen troligt vis inte skapa problem här i Sverige, men det finns fler länder än Sverige på jorden vilket aftonbladet troligtvis har glömt.
Aftonbladet säger dock att månen kan påverka ebb och flod. Vilket säkert är helt sant. men är inte ebb och flod en den i klimatet? Jag menar om det försvinner vatten från ena sidan jorden till den andra så borde ju antagligen vattnet stiga och sjunka. Det rör sig troligtvis inte om 1 till 2 meter men man vet ju aldrig.
Jag tror aftonbladet blandar ihop fakta med konspirations teorin om globaluppvärmning. Som det inte finns några bevis för och det börjar nog allmänheten förstå vid detta laget.
Det finns en massa man kan lägga till men nä.. det får folk lista ut själva.
Charlie Sheen har blivit en legend i USA bla tack vare att han fick sparken.
Jag förstår inte problemet här.. Jag menar vi har tydligen dyrast ström i norden. Då kan man ju tycka att det ska finnas ett fungerande energi nät. Men tyvär så finns det ju något som heter: Supply and Demand.
Det är bla vad marknaden är basserad på till viss del. Supply and demand fungerar så att när det finns mycket av en vara "Supply" och stor efterfrågan "Demand" så blir det billigt. Om det finns en stor efterfrågan men dåligt utbud så blir det dyrt.
Och vi vet alla att vi behöver energi/ström för att klara våra vardagliga liv. Så för att göra det simpelt. Vi har för dålig produktion av ström i Sverige.
Det brukar bero på att vi har höga produktions kostnader.
Men frukta inte! Jag har en lösning på problemet. Vi bygger bara ut den Svenska kol-kraften och börjar bryta kol.
Men då måste vi tampas med alla dessa idiotiska miljö aktivister. Och jag säger inte att dem har fel i att vi ska ta hand om miljön. Men man måste veta vad som skadar miljön innan man börjar. Så vi tar en snabbkurs i hur liv skapas på jorden(kolbaserat).
Miljö rörelsen borde kolla på lösningarna för globaluppvärmning (geoenginering/chemtrails)
Oljan kommer gå upp till 200$+ sedan kommer usa att rasa. Usa kommer sedan öppna en olje reserv under ett berg som jag inte mins namnet på men där har dem olja för ~40 år frammåt. Då kommer landet USA resa sig som en phoenix ur ruinerna...
March 6, 2011
David Andolfatto, Vice President in the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, makes one of the most ludicrous arguments against Ron Paul’s attack on the Fed that one could make. I mean even for a Fed apologist, it is off the wall.
He attacks this paragraph in Ron Paul’s book End the Fed:
One only needs to reflect on the dramatic decline in the value of the dollar that has taken place since the Fed was established in 1913. The goods and services you could buy for $1.00 in 1913 now cost nearly $21.00. Another way to look at this is from the perspective of the purchasing power of the dollar itself. It has fallen to less than $0.05 of its 1913 value. We might say that the government and its banking cartel have together stolen $0.95 of every dollar as they have pursued a relentlessly inflationary policy.
What are the details of the attack?
He starts out this way:
The guy can be a real pinhead at times. And this is never so evident as in his persistent “attacks” against the Fed…Now, of course, I work at the Fed, so maybe you think I’m just complaining for the sake of defending my employer. If you think that, I can understand why you do. It is because you do not know me.
There are legitimate arguments one could make against the Fed as an institution and/or about the conduct of Fed policy. And then there are the stupid arguments, for example, the one contained on pg. 25 of his book End the Fed
So what is at the heart of Andolfatto’s defense of the Fed destroying 95% of the value of the dollar and calling Ron Paul’s argument stupid? Here it is:
There is this old idea in monetary theory called money neutrality. Money neutrality means that larger quantities of money ultimately manifest themselves in the form of higher nominal prices (and wages), and not on real quantities. No serious economist disputes the idea of long-run money neutrality.
Yes, what cost $1 in 1913 now costs $20. But so what? Money neutrality states that if you were earning $1 per hour in 1913, you are now earning $20 per hour (and even more, if labor productivity is higher).
That’s it, the beginning and end of Andolfatto’s Fed defense of destroying 95% of the value of the dollar. It all works out in the end, says Andolfatto. But, please, Mr. Andolfatto explain to me how this works out for someone who has been a careful saver of his money and now sees the purchasing power of that money destroyed? Please explain to me how this works out for a retired person on a fixed income who sees the declining purchasing power of that income? Please explain to me how this works out for the rest of the country when Wall Street bankers are the first to get their hands on newly printed Fed money, so that they can bid up all kinds of prices, including rents on apartments, which makes it difficult for anyone but a Wall Streeter to afford to live in Manhattan?
These damages, Mr. Andolfatto, you somehow don’t see and even think Ron Paul is stupid and a pinhead for raising questions about them. I would say you are suffering from what I have seen a lot in those working for the government: delusion. Phil Swagel, who was the chief economic advisor to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, told me that he didn’t even know there was any major decline in money supply growth during the summer of 2008. To not watch money supply growth when you are the Deputy Treasury Secretary for economic affairs is simply bizzare to me.
That you can’t see how a destruction of 95% of the value of the dollar might hurt some people, falls right into that category. You guys really suffer from what Brad DeLong has admitted he has suffered from. It is what he calls, Greenspanism, the absurd belief that whatever the Fed does is right, even if logic suggests the exact opposite.
But, hey, if you think the destruction of a currency is no biggie, here’s a job tip for you, call Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. He really thinks the same way you do.
03/07/2001 - Updated 10:38 AM ET
By Traci Watson, USA TODAY
A new conspiracy theory sweeping the Internet and radio talk shows has set parts of the federal government on edge.
The theory: The white lines of condensed water vapor that jets leave in the sky, called contrails, are actually a toxic substance the government deliberately sprays on an unsuspecting populace.
February 19, 2011
It has taken five years to build and cost $4 million, per the Los Angeles Times, but the new model of the Nano Hummingbird drone really looks like a bird flying around. It would allow the military to literally drop a bird at a window ledger for reconnaissance purposes.
“You can use these things anywhere, put them anyplace, and the target will never even know they’re being watched,” said defense expert Peter W. Singer.
December 31, 2009
Researchers at Japan’s Chiba University are developing a hummingbird-style flying robot that could be used to find people trapped in collapsed buildings, search for criminals, or even explore other planets.
Engineering professor Hiroshi Liu said the micro air vehicle, or MAV, is equipped with a mini motor that allows it to flap its wings up to 30 times per second–roughly in the same range as a hummingbird.
The remote-controlled ornithopter is nearly 4 inches long and weighs about 0.09 ounces. Its rechargeable battery allows for six minutes of flying time, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
----> Unrelated <---